Procrastination, we’ve all fell victim to this voice that tells us we can do it later. Well, the problem is, later never comes and we end it repeating the cycle. It’s an endless loop that will keep going.
I struggle with this demon and even writing this post required some extra motivation. It’s reported that 20 percent of the population label themselves as chronic procrastinators, so it’s a real issue.
From the college student writing a paper to the husband and the honey-do-list, the victims range from young to old.
So what starts this cycle of perpetual procrastination?
It’s a bit different for everyone, but the usual suspects are laziness, poor time management, and distractions.
So before you start relapsing use these mental hacks to boost productivity and start that project you’ve been putting off.
There was a study conducted between two groups on school work. One group was given assignments with weekly deadlines while the other was given a later deadline.
The group that had strict deadlines finished the projects faster while getting high scores. The other group, however, finished later and received poor grades.
The only difference between them was the dates for completion.
Simply put if you are given a certain deadline you usually end up using all the time allotted. Instead give yourself a specific date and time for completion, and you’ll see that you will work faster and more efficiently.
Change your Environment
Do you work in a full office or a busy area? These little factors could be affecting your work. A conversation here and an interruption there can add up over time and substantially slow down your progress.
Changing scenery sometimes is all it takes to get you going. Removing yourself from environments filled with noise and people could give you the boost that you need to kickstart your project.
Go to a library or a small coffee shop where you’re won’t be bothered and you’ll see your production rise.
It’s hard to work with your phone constantly chirping. Email, text messages and social media play their part in distracting you.
All these little time bandits are always vying for your attention. Do yourself a favor and put your phone on silent. Pull up only the essential tabs in your browser and block everything else.
With all the bells and whistles going off you’ll never get anything done. Do whatever it takes to minimize the distractions screaming for your attention. So put them out of sight and out of mind.
Eat the frog
By knocking out that big ugly task first, you will be able to make significant headway into your project. Do the most daunting errand first, and everything else will feel better by comparison.
The human brain is a fickle thing, and these psychological hacks could help catapult you over the top.
Start your day by addressing the elephant in the room, and it’ll all be downhill from there.
Bite sized chunks
If you had the job to eat a cow where would you start? The ribs, the back, maybe the legs?
Either way, whenever you have a huge job, break it up into smaller tasks to lighten the load. By tackling the small stuff first, you help create momentum that will help you finish what you started.
The first law of motion states that an object in motion will stay in motion at the same speed and direction.
So hedge your bets and start the snowball effect by doing the little things first, before you know it you’ll have done everything on your to-do list.
Psyche yourself into beginning essential tasks by playing Jedi mind tricks on your brain. Usually, when you don’t feel like doing something its’s something that needs to be done.
Whenever you realize that you need to take action count backward from 3. Oh, I need to take out the trash then count 3..2..1.. then do it.
By priming your brain, you set yourself up for success. Do this every time something comes to mind, and you’ll find that you’ll become quite productive. Do this for at least 21 days, and you’ll see lasting results.
Procrastination happens to the best of us, but luckily, there are techniques we can use to combat these foes. Use these tricks to propel your effectiveness and finish your projects in 3…2…1…